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How to Do Glamour That Isn’t Over the Top

May 18, 2016

When I hear the word “glamour,” a few things immediately spring to mind: Excess. Polished marble as far as the eye can see. Gilded everything. And money. Lots and lots of money. But like a down-to-earth heiress, glamour is surprisingly accessible and—when used with restraint—remarkably powerful. A faux fur throw tossed casually over the foot…

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7 Items to Give Your Patio Great Summer Style

April 22, 2016

When gorgeous summer weather rolls around, the patio is the place to be. Invite your friends, crank up the grill, and pour a few drinks. Does it get any better? Actually, it does. By adding a few key items to your patio, you can celebrate the summer in a space full of flair. For inspiration,…

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Trend to Try: Jewel Tones

April 01, 2016

Last year, I toured a friend’s new beach house. Though he and his wife had just moved in, their dream home had already been featured in a couple of design magazines. It was that beautiful. While I appreciated the long, marble dining table, antique light fixtures, and jaw-dropping ocean views, my heart practically stopped when…

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Don’t Need But Want: Monogrammed Décor

January 15, 2016

We love to name things after people—restaurants, parks, libraries, hospitals, schools. We all seem to share a fascination with putting names on things. But even more specifically, we want our names—or, at the very least, our initials—on all our stuff: Towels, shirts, pillows, you name it. Monogrammed items allow us to proclaim ownership while adding charm to…

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Let’s Reflect: The Best Ways to Decorate With Mirrors

October 15, 2015

Have you ever walked into a house without a mirror? Me neither. And that ubiquity makes sense. Mirrors are perhaps the most useful elements of a home’s decor: Not only do they offer a spot to assess your appearance, they can also make your room look brighter and airier. And—bonus!—they’re relatively inexpensive. For fresh ways to work these multitaskers into your home,…

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5 Reasons We Love Plaid

September 21, 2015 2

What’s not to like about plaid? When a particular pattern endures for centuries, it’s usually for a good reason. And while it’s sometimes overshadowed by some of the other patterns and prints, plaid is truly one of the most attractive, unique designs in existence. (To be perfectly accurate, there are technical differences between checkered patterns,…

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Don’t Need But Want: Fancy New Luggage

August 03, 2015

Unlike most items in my closet that I tend to update, replace, and replenish on a fairly regular basis, I seem to take an, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach to my travel luggage. This is ridiculous, really, because it means I’ve been using the same suitcases for about 10 years! As with…

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Add ‘Animal Touches’ to Your Décor

July 31, 2015

Incorporating “animal touches” — such as a sumptuous faux fur throw or an exotic print — into a space can be a great way to add texture, depth, and even intrigue. But if done without thought, it’s easy to end up with a look that’s more kitsch than cool. So, to help tame the potential…

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